Friday, June 11, 2010

BREAKING NEWS: ICC Review Conference Adopts Amendment on Crime of Aggression; Jurisdiction Delayed

Just after midnight on June 12, minutes after the last day of the Review Conference here in Kampala, the ICC's States Parties decided to approve an amendment of the crime of aggression. However, it will be delayed because it requires another vote of the Court's Assembly of States Parties (ASP) after January 1, 2017 for the Court to exercise jurisdiction over the crime. The ASP will be able to vote separately on when to activate 1) Security Council referrals on aggression and 2) State Party referrals and Prosecutor-initiated investigations. While this will not allow the ICC to act soon on the crime of aggression, it does end years of negotiations on the definition of the crime and decide how the Court will exercise jurisdiction once the ASP takes the next step after January 1, 2017.

Check back here soon for AMICC's full report on the second week of the Review Conference.

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